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Introduction to the bedouin heritage project


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A presentation by Mark Abouzeid to the students of the International School of Florence. He introduces the importance of culture, to Wadi Rum reserve in Jordan and to the Zalabieh Tribe.

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Introduction to the bedouin heritage project

  1. 1. Introduction to the Bedouin Heritage 1
  2. 2. Introduction to the BHP The Hunting Party, a parable What is Culture? The Zelabieh Tribe of Wadi Rum A Culture at Risk BHP, safeguarding the bedu traditions The elderly are the book of the young. a bedouin proverb 2
  3. 3. The hunting party 3
  4. 4. Desert camp Bedouin chicken, songs of love and a parable 4
  5. 5. The three lessons, a parable 5
  6. 6. Lesson 1 Don’t ask questions about nor judge something that is not specifically related to you. 6
  7. 7. Lesson 2 Never sleep in a Wadi, even in the dry season. 7
  8. 8. Lesson 3 Never take action on an issue you are undecided before sleeping on it, first. 8
  9. 9. Cultural Heritage Teaching, entertaining and remembering 9
  10. 10. What is Culture? Culture is a system of building identity 10
  11. 11. What is Cultural Heritage? What remains from the past To help us in the present and guide us into the future. 11
  12. 12. Ok, then what is Intangible Cultural Heritage?! Intangible Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. 12
  13. 13. Why should we care? “the bulk of the world’s current problems stem from a detachment from traditional cultures and that this culture, knowledge and experience must be protected at all costs. It is the only hope for sustainability in tribal cultures while allowing modern development.” UNESCO 2009 The elderly are the book of the young. a bedouin proverb 13
  14. 14. The unique cultural space of the Zelabieh tribe of Wadi Rum. 14
  15. 15. A culture ruled by its environs Shade and water . . . two essentials for survival. 15
  16. 16. dependent on it 16
  17. 17. taught by it 17
  18. 18. defined by it 18
  19. 19. and in love with it 19
  20. 20. a culture very much at risk 20
  21. 21. from mass tourism 21
  22. 22. sedentarism 22
  23. 23. modern convenience 23
  24. 24. political forces 24
  25. 25. The Bedouin Heritage Project Building Bridges... 25
  26. 26. Sustainable Cultural Tourism 26
  27. 27. Animal Traditional Cultural Desert Husbandry Medicine Heritage Environment 27
  28. 28. Working together 28
  29. 29. learning, teaching & sharing 29
  30. 30. The Belgian Ministry of Culture The NIF Foundation MAPg Bedouin Roads Desert Experience Jordan Tracks thank you and the BHP sponsors 30